South Carolina doesn’t play until Sept. 28, but that means there will be an extra week to watch — and wonder.
The Gamecocks are back on the Jadeveon Clowney watch, and this one has nothing to do with statistics. It’s whether he’ll feel good enough to try and add to whatever statistics he has.
Clowney has been wearing a walking boot around campus — and wore it as he walked to the locker room from the pre-game bus on Saturday — to protect the nagging bone spur in his right foot. It’s an injury he’s had since high school, and the pain has always lessened with rest, which is exactly what USC has until traveling to Central Florida on Sept. 28.
But the injury appears to be more serious this time around.
“It’s painful,” Clowney said after USC’s 35-25 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday. “I’m out here playing on it, though, so I just try to give everything I got on it. Who knows what’s going to happen?”
Coach Steve Spurrier didn’t think it would be a serious issue going forward, since they’ve had to deal with it ever since Clowney reported as a freshman.
“If we’d have known he needed surgery in the offseason, he’d have gotten it,” Spurrier said during his Sunday teleconference. “Just recently, I think, it started bothering him a little bit. I think Victor Hampton has a bone spur in his foot. D.J. Swearinger sort of had his through the last half of last year.
“But, if surgery is required at the end of the season, it’s certainly something that they can play with. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem.”
Clowney said he would get it cleaned out once the season was over, and the only time it flares up is during games.
“It don’t really bother me when I’m not out there much,” Clowney said. “It just builds up pain.”